I know it has been a LONG time... Well I am back in the classroom after a two year hiatus, it's taking me a bit longer to get used to working! The little ones can REALLY wear you out! So I will try to post to the blog 2-3 times each week. I've been working on a few new things before I went back in, they should be up on Gloria's Jewelry Box in the next two weeks! Take care! (Photo courtesy of hotfile.wordpress.com)
Like many other crafters and artits, I have accumulated soo many beads and findings. So I have added a DESTASH section to my shop! All of these beads are in amazing condition and need a new home! I also have jewelry destash beads listed through my Flickr account. HAVE FUN CREATING!
SPECIAL THANKS to Angelina of Angelina Fong Designs for nominating me for this lovely Up and Coming Blog Star award! What a fabulous idea and I'm truly honored to be amongst the first group of nominees! It was such a pleasant surprise!
Now to my acceptance specch...What an honor to get a Blog Star award! Especially considering the fact that I had no idea how to blog until I joined ETSY! When I started my blog, it took me two moths to figure out how to attach a link...lol...yes a link! Well I figured it out and I love every second of it. I especially love sharing my vintage finds and garden pics, those are things that I love to do in addition to my jewelry. Thanks for following me and I love it when I hear from you!
So without further ado, I'd like to return the honor of this lovely award by nominating some of my favorite up and coming bloggers:
If you have been nominated for this award, you must pay it forward! Do you know a blogstress who hasn't blogged for long (less than 3 years) but is one of the next generation of super bloggers? If so, this award is for her! The rules are, you must post an acceptance speech on your blog (feel free to thank the academy!) and then nominate as many other blogs as you wish. and, if you have been nominated, feel free to post the above award proudly on your blog!
Look at my poor bracelet! This is the result of a 1 year old baby boy who like to throw anything he can get his hands on! Out of the corner of my eye I saw him with my bracelet, before I could grab it from him I see it going across the floor. Needless to say I bought this bracelet online on clearance, so there is little hope of replacing it. Repairing it would be a joke considering all of the little pieces that broke off. So all I can say is that this is a lesson learned. KEEP ALL JEWELRY AWAY FROM CURIOUS BABIES!!! Oh well, it looked really cute with my outfit yesterday...lol...
One of my favorite stress relievers is shopping for vintage jewelry. I get such a rush digging and seeing what I can find. It is such a fun feeling to know that you may never find the same thing again, or maybe that is what I tell myself to justify my purchases...lol...Anyways just wanted to share some of my Philly thrift store finds! I'm visiting friends in New York tonight, who knows I may find my way into a thrift store or two!
I actually won this a few month ago, but that was before I knew how to blog...lol... So it's only fair to post about this giveaway as well. It was hosted by Njla Studio. Her work is amazing! I won the necklace in the top picture. The bottom two pictures are a few of my favorites. Can you tell I like hearts?
As many of you may know, I am OBSESSED with jewelry. Everytime I vist my Grandmom Gloria, I try to see what jewels I can ask/persuade her to give me. I know it's wrong, but she never says no to her 1st granddaughter! Here are some of the jewels she gave me...
During a recent visit to my grandmom Gloria's house, I had a treasure hunt through her jewelry. As you may know, my jewelry business is named after her and her LOVE of jewelry. I've been making jewwelry since I was a child and found a few of my early pieces in her jewelry box. As you can see I painted a wood brooch for her with watercolors! Too funny! Here are a few of the pics!
Last weekend, I took a family trip to the beach. I took my 7 year old sister with me. On our way there, we stopped at a Wawa in downtown Philadelphia. I walked in there with $6 and change in my pocket. When I got to the door, a woman asked for food to eat. I told her to come inside with me and get what she wanted. My little sister got chips and I got a small coffee. I really wanted a large, but since I offered to buy this woman a meal I knew I wouldn't have enough. She asked me if she could get something to drink, I tell her 'yes'. Knowing I barely had enough to cover her sandwich, my coffee and my sister's chips. We got to the register, the total came to $7.42. I began to panic going through my pockets hoping that I had enough. By the grace of God I had enough to pay for her food with .97 cents left over! This really got me thinking about the true meaning of paying it forward. I have always helped others but this was one of the first times that I literally cleaned out my pockets for someone else. Later on that evening, at the beach a man in line behind me paid for my funnel cake when I left my change purse in the car with my .97 cents in it!
Special Thanks to everyone who entered my $10 gift certificate Blog giveaway. I was offering 3 certificates to randomly selected winners. There were five entries so I chose to give a gift certifictae to EVERYONE who entered! This is another way of me paying to forward to my followers! Thanks again and I will contact each winner today! Have a wonderful weekend!
As a thank you to all of my followers, I am offering 3 FREE $10 dollar Gift Certificate to my ETSY Shop! All you have to do is visit my shop and tell me your FAVORITE item and why? Isn't that easy! The winners will be randomly selected! Please leave your ETSY ID or email. This giveaway ends today July 9th at midnight EST!
It has been a while since I've posted, I had to catch up on some much needed sleep! From the two birthday parties for my 1 year old son to my friend going into labor and my cousin's wedding, I was beat. No worries! I will be back in the next few days with some really fun posts including my latest vintage finds and my next giveaway! Stay tuned!!! Now back to sleep...
I know it has been a while, I had to take a bit of time to catch up on sleep. Life is crazy with a 1 year old! Well imagine my suprise when I checked my blog reading list and saw that I was featured in Capow's Blog! Here is the link to read the interview! Visit Capow on ETSY for the most amazing painting, photographs and wallets!
EAOC Summer Madness Treasure Hunt!!! Go to teameaoc.etsy.com for the official list of participating shops and start hunting! We are only 1 hour away from announcing out NEW phrase! What could it be???? YOU HAVE TO SAY TUNED TO CHECK IT OUT! You can win amazing prizes from ETSY EAOC! This is the LAST day of the treasure hunt!
EAOC Summer Madness Treasure Hunt!!! The phrase of the day is "HERE COMES THE BRIDE". Have fun searching through my shop for the letter clues! Go to teameaoc.etsy.com for the official list of participating shops and start hunting!
I must admit that there is no color combination that I love better than turquoise and gold! I owe it all to my Grandmother Gloria and her LOVE of turquoise! Whenever I can I always put the two together. How great is that! The bold contrast of the turquoise and hammered brass make these earrings a winner!
I began beading when I was a little girl. I would love to spend time with my grandmother rummaging through her jewelry box.
A little more about me... I love pink and green. I love bold colors. I love interesting and eye catching jewelry. I love unexpected color combinations. I love vintage jewelry. I love the beadwork of the Masai and the beautiful bangles from India. I love to have fun with my jewelry and I hope that you will enjoy it too!